Summer is in full swing! The raspberries we have growing in the backyard are taking off.
Yesterday I had grabbed a second pint berry container just in case, and I wound up using it and filled it up. Today when I went out to pick berries I had also taken a second pint container with me and I filled both up as well today.
I finally had enough berries to make a batch of freezer jam! So I finally got my first batch of jam of the season.
I used the directions out of the MCP box for making freezer jam, with one alteration, I put Karo Light Corn Syrup in my jam. The old MCP recipe called for a cup of Karo Syrup after you let the jam sit with the lemon juice and pectin, and before adding the sugar. You also want to put the lemon juice in with the crushed berries and the pectin. The directions don’t specify that.
I had made some jam after they had changed the recipe and without realizing they had changed the recipe and the jam came out all gritty and gross.
My mom and I came to the conclusion that the Karo Syrup helps the sugar to dissolve and the jam to not be gritty.
I don’t know if it was just one of those things or if there was any correlation between the two but i had watered the garden earlier in the week and the next day there were so many berries ready.
I will definitely try to remember to pay attention to how many berries I get tomorrow and see if there is more berries ready than usual.
This weekend has been a busy Urban Homesteading.
Yesterday (Saturday), I went out with my mom, to two farm stands to get peaches and berries to can and make more Jam.
After we got back to the house, I picked raspberries in the backyard and planted some lettuce starts that we got for free. I watered them really well last night, as well as again this morning.
Last night my mom and I made two batches of blackberry jam and one batch of strawberry jam.
Today I picked more raspberries, and made some more raspberry jam.
We had also picked up a Hermiston Watermelon and a Hermiston cantaloupe from one the farm stand by the golf course.
This weekend 4 batches of jam were made, and peaches will be canned later this week sometime.
Tomorrow I will be checking my lettuce plants and seeing how well the my be taking. They have had plenty of water, and a nice warm day today, I am hoping they take and that I can get some lettuce off then before the season is over. Free salad would be awesome.
This summer is shaping up to be a good year for raspberries. We have gotten quite a few off our raspberry bushes. Enough to go into several batches of jam. I made yet another batch of jam yesterday. I made a batch of raspberry cherry jam, since I didn’t have quite enough raspberries, I chopped up some cherries and stuck them in.
I definitely love doing urban homesteading / homesteading stuff like making homemade jam, or canning, or even knitting.
Doing something in the way of homesteading was definitely needed yesterday, as I found out that I didn’t get a job I wanted and had interviewed for earlier this week.
Saturday I had gone out to a local farm that grows berries, in search of strawberries. They didn’t have any, so we got some blackberries and raspberries.
Monday, my mom and I had spent part of the day making blackberry and raspberry freezer jam.
We made a total of 3 batches which fit into 10 containers.
Saturday, my mom and I had run into Bi-Mart to pick up some more pectin for jam, and had a nice conversation with another couple who were going to be doing some sort of walnut preserves with green walnuts. I love having canning conversations with people, and see what kind of Hings they are canning.
With spring being here, as rainy and chilly as it is, I have gardening on the brain, as well as the desire to have my own place and enough room to have a decent sized fruit and vegetable garden, as well as a rose garden (it doesn’t have to be huge), and a flower garden (again, doesn’t have to be super big).
I love working outside, and working in the dirt. I definitely want to do a lot of canning and jam making. Homemade and homecanned food, tastes better than store bought. When it comes to things like garlic dill pickles, canned peaches, canned pears, strawberry jam, raspberry jam, etc I can totally taste the difference between homemade and store bought, since I was raised on homemade.
Over the past few years I have been collecting cookbooks, including the ball complete book of home preserving, as well as the illustrated cook’s book of ingredients. They are both really cool, and I want to put them both to really good use.
Three of the things I love about this part of the country, are how well fruits and vegetables grow here, as well as the availability of nurseries and such to purchase what you want in the way of starts (like rose bushes, lilac bushes, fruit bushes, fruit trees, strawberry plants, etc). We also have places like the Portland Honestead Supply Co, as well as Home improvement stores that have awesome garden centers that have everything you want and more, to be a modern homesteader.
Black and Golden Raspberries